Historic Markers Across Florida

Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s

Marker ID: FLHM F-753
Location: Jupiter Beach Park, Ocean Trail Way, Jupiter, FL
County: Palm Beach
Coordinates: N 26° 56.608    W 080° 04.381
  26.94346666    -80.07301666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WMRP81


Jupiter Inlet Shipwrecks 1600-1700s

This is the site that the Jeaga Indians held the survivors of the Dickinson shipwreck in 1696.The plaque rads as follows, its all in caps and I will follow that format.

During the 17th century, Spanish galleons and merchant ships navigated the treacherous waters off the Florida coast. These vessels carried silver and gemstones from the mines of Mexico and Peru. They routinely ran a narrow gauntlet of shallow water, sand bars, coral reefs, and occasional hurricanes off the Jupiter Inlet as they followed the Gulf Stream's swift north current. The ships that did not survive the passage left a legacy of cannons, anchors, navigational tools, coins, flatware, silver and gold scattered across the ocean floor. Today, this area is nicknamed “The Treasure Coast." Ships thought to have wrecked off the Jupiter coast during the 1600s include the San Miguel Archangel and the San Francisco y San Antonio. Both ships were avisos, Spanish courier ships weighing 60 tons or less. The avisos were well-armed, but speed was their best defense, which allowed them to outrun larger, better-armed vessels. Avisos were primarily used to transport correspondence to and from the Spanish throne, but were known to carry goods and valuables. Shipwrecks like these are important time capsules of history, which increase our understanding of the people who sailed Florida's waters before us.

F-753 The Town of Jupiter
and the Florida Department of State